Apr 21, 2014 News Comments Off on Week of activities for World Safety Day planned
– Labour Ministry
The Labour Ministry has planned a week of activities in observance of World Day for Safety and Health which will be celebrated on April 28 under the theme “Safety and health in the use of chemicals at work”.
In the first event, the public is invited to join the Health Walk, which will be held on April 27. The assembly point for the walk is at the Parade Ground from 06:30 am.
A fair is also scheduled for April 29 at the Miami Subs Parking Lot, Albert & Lamaha Streets, Georgetown.
There will also be regional fairs hosted in Linden, Berbice and Bartica on April 23, 25 and 30, respectively.
The Ministry in a release said it will focus on safety and health in proper handling, storage and use of chemicals.
“Emphasis will also be placed on highlighting the need for greater personal responsibility by employers and employees in ensuring appropriate safety measures are in place, as well as strict adherence to safety rules at all work places,” the Ministry said.
“It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure proper storage and handling of all chemicals by trained persons, and employees are obligated to wear the appropriate safety gear and equipment when handling chemicals to minimise the number of accidents, altogether eliminate the fatalities due to industrial accidents. Employers are also obligated to ensure that employees are educated and trained in safety practices. But these alone do not suffice, as personal responsibility is critical to giving weight to the training received,” the Ministry said.
The Ministry is calling on all employers, employees and trade unions to place greater emphasis on ensuring safety and health at work and to seek the services of the Labour Department whenever necessary for guidance and support in implementing safety measures.
Regulations are in the making to address the use of chemicals at work, as well as to regulate conditions of work in the mining, forestry, and manufacturing sectors. Regulations to address HIV/AIDs have already been tabled in the National Assembly.
“These will ensure penalties under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. But the Ministry prefers to work with employers and employees to correct defects, rather than penalise persons and companies.
Hence, as we observe World Day for Safety and Health, we appeal to all stakeholders to make a concerted effort to improve and prioritise safety and health at work.”
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